As York County students prepare to return to school on Aug. 19, it’s time for parents to make sure their child’s vaccines are up to date.
Students in five-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade must have an up-to-date record of immunizations before returning to school, according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
DHEC is hosting a walk-in event for school-related immunizations 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5-9 at Rock Hill Health Department, 1070 Heckle Blvd., suite 307.
No appointment is necessary. Guardians should bring a copy of the child’s immunization records.
Insurance will be accepted. No one will be turned away because of an inability to pay, according to DHEC.
“Unfortunately, vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chicken pox, whooping cough, mumps and measles still affect many children in South Carolina,” said Dr. Teresa Foo, DHEC Immunization Division medical consultant. “Up-to-date vaccinations are the best protection for our children against these diseases.”
DHEC recommends children ages 11-12 receive the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), HPV and meningitis vaccines. Students must have a Tdap booster before starting seventh grade.
Starting in 2020-21, children in childcare and five-year-old kindergarten will be required to receive a Hep A vaccine, according to DHEC.